• The exhibition at Maropeng

    See how our our ancestors developed over the past few million years.

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  • Conferencing at Maropeng

    Our state-of-the-art conference centre is perfect for a getaway conference close to the city.

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  • Maropeng Hotel

    The Maropeng Hotel is the epitome of luxury accommodation in the Cradle of Humankind. 

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  • School visits

    You will never forget your school trip to the Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Sterkfontein Caves.

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Welcome home!

Welcome to Maropeng (the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind) and the Sterkfontein Caves. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is an easy drive of about an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Our ancestors have lived in this area for more than 3-million years. By coming here, you are coming to the birthplace of humanity. Welcome home!



Meet the Sefapanosaurus. Scientists say fossils of the newly identified dinosaur were found hidden among thousands of other fossils in the largest fossil collection in South Africa, at the University… Read more

Some of our fans have been sharing their best moments at Maropeng.

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Make your own ‘prehistoric cave’, get a paleo kit and bring your young scientist back to where it all began.

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How did dinosaurs grow to such staggering sizes? What does our DNA tell us about where we come from? What did Charles Darwin learn on his trip to South Africa?… Read more


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